Hamburger and noodle casserole with tomato sauce and spices topped with cheese
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Easy Beefy Bake Casserole ~ Gluten & Dairy-Free Options  

I think this Easy Beefy Bake Casserole just might fit in that comfort food category. It seems like most pasta dishes covered with cheese give us that warm and cozy feeling. If you were to ask my husband, he would surely say it is one of his favorite casseroles.
With some simple changes, this nut, egg, and soy-free casserole can be made gluten-free by switching out the pasta to a gluten-free variety. If you are following a yeast or dairy-free diet, leave off the cheese.
Try this if you want a vegetarian or vegan option:
hamburger and pasta casserole with tomato sauce and spices topped with cheese - gluten-free option
With the substitutes I suggest, this casserole is also a delicious option for Low FODMAP diets.
To Make Easy Beefy Bake Casserole, You Will Need These Ingredients:
  • Elbow macaroni ~ gluten-free if needed
  • Lean ground beef ~ ground turkey, or chicken would also be great options.
  • Celery ~ I substitute bok choy sometimes too
  • Onion ~ tops of green onions for Low FODMAP
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Frozen corn ~ substitute chopped carrots for Low FODMAP and corn-free
  • Cheddar cheese ~ omit for dairy and yeast-free diets.
This recipe is freezer-friendly before and after you bake it.
Hamburger and noodle casserole with tomato sauce and spices topped with cheese

I suggest cornbread on the side; it’s a perfect blend of flavors. Leftovers? If there are any, those are equally as good the next day. You can find two different cornbread recipes in this chili post.

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Ground beef casserole with pasta, tomato sauce, and cheese
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4 from 1 vote

Easy Beefy Bake Casserole 

A quick and easy weeknight dinner that can easily be made gluten-free, Low FODMAP, and allergy-friendly. A casserole so flavorful and delicious you will want to make it every week.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: allergy-friendly, busy days, casserole, dairy-free, dinner, easy beefy bake, egg-free, family meals, gluten-free, ground turkey, lean ground beef, Low FODMAP, nut-free, pasta, sibo, soy-free
Servings: 5 Servings
Calories: 473kcal
Author: Mary Krick


  • 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni gluten-free if needed
  • 1 lb lean ground beef ground turkey, or chicken would be great options as well.
  • 1/2-3/4 cup celery finely chopped ~ optional substitute is bok choy
  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped ~ tops of green onion for Low FODMAP
  • 1 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn ~ substitute chopped carrots for corn-free and Low FODMAP
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese or more if desired, but omit for dairy and yeast-free diets.


  • Cook macaroni according to directions, drain. Set aside. About 10-11 minutes.
  • Brown hamburger, drain/rinse if necessary (to remove any fat) return to pan and add onions and celery.
  • Cook together for about 5 minutes.
  • Add all ingredients except noodles. Mix well.
  • Add noodles and carefully mix them together.
  • Pour into a 2 1/2 qt casserole and top with 1 cup grated cheddar cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 350.


** This casserole can also be prepared and froze for a later time. When ready to use defrost and bake as normal.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 473kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 1032mg | Potassium: 1196mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1138IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 209mg | Iron: 5mg


Easy dinner idea with gluten-free option. Easy Beefy Casserole

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  1. 4 stars
    this recipe turned out fairly well. i used gluten free macaroni which worked great. i also added carrots and cooked them until soft, along with the celery and onions, then added the meat. i used turkey but next time will use ground beef instead. additionally, the corn, in my opinion, didn’t add much to overall dish so I’d omit them in favor of the carrots noted above. not to bad though and feeds a crowd.

    1. Hi Jessica, Thanks for sharing! I also use carrots instead of corn for my Low FODMAP and corn-free version. I agree; I prefer this casserole with ground beef. My husband loves corn, so I make two separate casseroles: one for him and one for me and I freeze the leftovers.

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